Donna Gaines and ARISE2Read
Donna Gaines is a speaker, author, and Founder and President of ARISE2Read, a non-profit organization that recruits churches and businesses to adopt and provide individual reading support to second grade students in inner-city elementary schools. Donna also teaches Bible studies at her church, Bellevue Baptist where her husband, Steve Gaines, pastors. She and Steve have four children and ten grandchildren.
ARISE2Read uses a proven method, Team Read, which was developed in cooperation with Shelby County Schools. Last year, ARISE2Read mobilized 822 volunteers who tutored 853 students in 19 SCS schools. Post-testing results revealed a 142% increase in second graders reading on grade level and an average gain per student of 274 sight words. In 2017-18, the organization plans to expand its presence to 30 schools.